GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre has always gone along with the personal rivalries with defenders such as Warren Sapp and Chris Hovan.
Sapp's is usually good-natured, but not so Hovan's.
Favre said he's growing tired of the constant self promotions by his opponents, especially Hovan, the Minnesota Vikings' defensive tackle who has a running spat with the Green Bay Packers' quarterback.
After the two got into a shouting match in November following the Packers' 26-22 victory at Lambeau Field, Hovan hung a Favre jersey in his locker this offseason as a daily reminder of the teams' Sept. 7 opener and, he said, to fuel his competitive fire to get better.
"I didn't put up anything in my house. My wife wouldn't let me," Favre said. "Like I said before, Hovan's a great player. I'd love to have him on my team. But he needs to get him a wife and have some kids and get a life outside of football."
Favre knows saying that will only add fuel to the fire.
"This will probably get back to him, and he'll start barking and stuff like that. He'll put more stuff of Favre out there. Five or six years from now he'll go, 'God, what an idiot I was,"' Favre said.
"He'll probably get me from time to time, but hell, I don't taste that good. There's other guys out there. But it would seem they're using me a little bit. I'm kind of tired of it. But what can I do? I can't block him."
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